College Basketball Conference Futures Odds

It is yet another great season of college basketball ahead of us, and there are many different contenders from a wide array of conferences. Can the Kansas Jayhawks vie for the national championship again? In 2022, Hall of Famer Bill Self won his second championship after defeating the very impressive UNC Tar Heels in Hubert Davis’ first season as head coach. Kansas won its fourth championship for the school as well as its third one since 1988. We will see what is in store for the 2022-23 season.

American Athletic Conference

2023 American Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Houston
Memphis
Cincinnati
Tulane
Temple
UCF
Wichita State
SMU
Tulsa
East Carolina
USF

Houston Cougars (-335)

Kelvin Sampson won his 700th career game and his 200th as a Cougar early in the season. Just as he did with Oklahoma, Sampson has this Houston team as a perennial contender in the NCAA Tournament. He made the Final Four in 2021, and senior Marcus Sasser appears to be ready to bring this Cougars team to another Final Four this year. The All-AAC guard continues to increase in scoring average and hopes it continues late into the season. The Cougars are a strong favorite (-335) to win the conference.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

2023 ACC Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
North Carolina
Virginia
Duke
Virginia Tech
Miami (FL)
Notre Dame
NC State
Wake Forest
Florida State
Syracuse
Clemson
Boston College
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Pittsburgh

North Carolina Tar Heels (+135)

The Tar Heels are back, and Hubert Davis is looking to build off a rookie coaching performance that many would not be able to duplicate. UNC is the favorite to win the ACC at +135. In 2021-22, UNC went from being preseason No. 19 to being unranked throughout the majority of the season. Then, the Davis’ squad beat Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils in the final two meetings in Coach K’s final season as a coach en route to the championship game. There is a lot of talent with RJ Davis, Caleb Love, and Armando Bacot leading the squad, and it makes a lot of sense that the Tar Heels are tied as the national champion favorites.

Big Ten Conference

2023 Big Ten Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Indiana
Illinois
Purdue
Michigan State
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Wisconsin
Ohio State
Rutgers
Penn State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern

Indiana Hoosiers (+350)

If you want value with a team, look no further than the Hoosiers. They enter the season ranked No. 13, and although there is a decent dropoff from 10 (Arkansas) to 11 (Tennessee) and from 12 (Texas) to 13 (Indiana), the Hoosiers should be in your sights. Trayce Jackson-Davis is back for his senior year and appears ready to lead this Hoosiers squad far in the NCAA tournament. He fills the stat sheet in practically every category, and if he increases his scoring, Jackson-Davis could average 20 points per game for the first time at Indiana. Even though his squad is the favorite to stand atop the Big Ten, Indiana has value at +350 to win the conference.

Big 12 Conference

2023 Big 12 Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Texas
Baylor
Kansas
Texas Tech
TCU
Iowa State
West Virginia
Oklahoma State
Kansas State
Oklahoma

Kansas Jayhawks (+230)

Freshman Gradey Dick is ready to be a part of a championship Kansas squad. He joins a team with a decent amount of experience, which includes two seniors in the starting lineup. Bill Self’s Jayhawks have a lot of talent too, so this team could be primed for success this season. There is not too much value at +1400 though. Their +230 odds to win the conference make them the slight favorites, but that does not provide much value either.

Pac-12 Conference

2023 Pac-12 Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Arizona
UCLA
USC
Oregon
Arizona State
Colorado
Stanford
Utah
Washington State
Washington
California
Oregon State

UCLA Bruins (+185)

There is positivity in the Los Angeles area even with the big-name school beginning with +2000 odds to win the national championship. UCLA has been somewhat inconsistent over the last five seasons, so the squad will look to right the ship in terms of the tournament. However, the Bruins’ 27 wins last season were their most since 2016-17. Mick Cronin looks to bring the senior-laden team to a better finish this season. They are the favorites to win the conference (+185).

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

2023 SEC Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Kentucky
Arkansas
Tennessee
Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Texas A&M
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Georgia
Vanderbilt

Kentucky Wildcats (+150)

The Wildcats (+150) are likely to take the conference, but there is reason to shy away from them. Recently, Kentucky has underachieved when given such high expectations in the conference. However, expect the bunch of seniors and freshmen to be a good mix. Upperclassmen guards Antonio Reeves and CJ Frederick should lead the team in scoring and bring this team far in the tournament. Therefore, they are a good team to back this season.

Big East Conference

2023 Big East Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers BetMGM BetMGM
Creighton
UConn
Villanova
Xavier
Seton Hall
St. John's
Marquette
Providence
Butler
DePaul
Georgetown

Creighton Bluejays (+160)

Ryan Hawkins and Alex O’Connell graduated, so who will step up alongside junior center Ryan Kalkbrenner? This Bluejays squad is primed for more success this season after St. Louis native Kalkbrenner went down with a knee injury in the first round of the 2022 NCAA tournament. They will be getting more youthful production with sophomores Arthur Kaluma and Trey Alexander. At +2500, there is value with this Creighton squad, and they are the favorites to win the Big East (+160).

West Coast Conference (WCC)

2023 West Coast Winner Odds

Team
BetRivers BetRivers
Gonzaga
Saint Mary's (CA)
BYU
San Francisco
Portland
Santa Clara
Loyola Marymount
Pepperdine
San Diego
Pacific

Gonzaga Bulldogs (-2000)

The UNC Tar Heels and, of course, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are your favorites to win the national championship this season. It will be the Drew Timme show in Spokane, as the senior looks to have another stellar season, but this time without Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard. What a surprise: the Bulldogs are the overwhelming favorite to win the conference at -2000.

College Basketball Futures Bets

A futures bet is a long-term bet on a result to be determined at a later date.

Popular college basketball futures bets include the winner of the NCAA Tournament Final Four (National Champion), winners of conference tournaments, conference regular-season titles, and individual awards like Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

You can typically place futures bets at any point from the offseason up until the winner of a bet is decided.

How to Place a College Basketball Futures Bet

It’s easy to place a college basketball futures bet.

  1. Review college basketball futures odds for the NCAA champion, Final Four, or Conference Winners.
  2. Each outcome will have moneyline odds at American Sportsbooks.
  3. Make one or more selections and bet your desired amount.
  4. Your bet wins if you pick the correct outcome.

Tips

Compare odds between sportsbooks whenever possible. Some may offer a better payout on your team. Finally, time your bet carefully. You want to bet when you have the most information possible but not too late that you’ve missed a good payout.

For example, betting conference futures before the season begins can be risky. You won’t have any idea how good the team is yet. You also won’t know if any key players are injured. Instead, wait about 3-4 weeks before making your selection. You’ll have the benefit of seeing a team in action before deciding whether or not to make a bet.